Bumpers by the Bay – Sunday 5th May 2019.

Arti­cle by Ian Maclean

Once again it was an ear­ly morn­ing start (even ear­li­er for those that had to trav­el up from Gipp­s­land) for this months club run. Four ear­ly Hold­ens and one late mod­el set off from the clu­b­room carpark just after 8am with Derk lead­ing the way to the free­way, through the tun­nel and over the West­gate, on to Williamstown and into Sea­works for the annu­al Bumpers by the Bay car show.

Our small con­voy expand­ed rapid­ly with a num­ber of oth­er mem­bers being either there before us or arriv­ing short­ly after. This venue enables cars to be dis­played under cov­er, which is great in case of iffy weath­er, or out doors in case you can’t stay till the end. Most of us chose to be indoors and we set up our tables and chairs just behind Neville’s FX and ute trail­er combo.The Sea­works venue is also a great loca­tion because of it’s fan­tas­tic view across the bay to the city.

Bumpers by the Bay is also a nice change from FX/FJ only shows because of all the oth­er makes, mod­els and styles of cars on dis­play. This year, in addi­tion to the many Hold­ens and Fords there were clas­sic VWs, Buicks, Chevs, Cad­di­lacs, and Chryslers, etc. Even a hot rod or two. I have to say, to my mind the cutest car there was a beau­ti­ful­ly restored Mini 850.

Mel­bourne Chap­ter have to be con­grat­u­lat­ed for organ­is­ing such a great event, which includ­ed food and mer­chan­dise stalls, live music by the “Infer­nos”, a raf­fle and tro­phies for the win­ning cars over a num­ber of cat­e­gories. From mem­o­ry how­ev­er, I don’t recall any being won by FX or FJs.

The weath­er coop­er­at­ed on the whole, with a very light show­er or two dur­ing the morn­ing and a mix of sun­shine and cloud dur­ing the after­noon. The sun shone for the raf­fle draw and tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion and although we did not win any tro­phies, EMHC did not go home emp­ty hand­ed, with Gary and Judy His­lop not only win­ning a cou­ple of the minor raf­fle prizes but the major one as well!

Mem­bers with Ear­lies.
Ray and Val Dag­gers
Ray and Diane Eaton
Rod and Sharon Grum­mitt
Gary and Judy His­lop
Gar­ry Hodge
Ray Howlett
Rus­sell King
Ian Maclean & son in law Chris and grand­son Will
Neville Maw­er
Bren­ton Schi­er
Derk Tuik & father John
Patrick & son Dar­cy and daugh­ter Kaylee

Mem­bers with­out,
Glen and Ali­son Far­ley
Chris and Jane Fox
Aldo Gianchi­no
Jason and Janine King
Rob and Di Martel­la
Kim Radenic